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Reds shut down Pirates 8-1

Homer Bailey held the Pirates to four hits and went the distance, as the Reds evened the series with an 8-1 trouncing of Bucs after a nearly two-hour rain delay at PNC Park.

After a long, two hour rain delay, the Pittsburgh Pirates just couldn’t get any offense going. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Reds went on a tear with their bats and defeated the Pirates by a score of 8-1 on Tuesday night. The loss put the Pirates back below the .500 mark, but the Bucs will look to bounce back in a rubber match against the Reds on Wednesday.

Charlie Morton struggled keeping the ball down in the strike zone, while his counterpart, Reds’ starter Homer Bailey, was magnificent. Morton only lasted through four innings, surrendering six hits and four runs on just over 70 pitches. The Pirates bullpen struggled late in the game, with Jared Hughes giving up five hits and three runs in the seventh inning when the Reds put the Pirates away for good.

“He made some mistakes with his breaking ball,” said manager Clint Hurdle.

“With Charlie where he’s at right now, we’d like to have some continuity with things,” said Hurdle. “And I’m not making an excuse but I was hoping to just get him up and get him in the game,” added Hurdle of the two hour delay affecting his starting pitcher.

Homer Bailey pitched a complete game against the Pirates. Bailey only gave up four hits and a lone run in the bottom of the fifth to the Buccos.

“He’s been on a nice run coming in,” said Clint Hurdle of Bailey. “We couldn’t square up his fastball and his secondary pitches were working as well. We needed to hit and struck a couple balls well early, but after that, not a whole lot to speak of.”

The Reds opened the delayed game with two quick runs in the top of the second inning. After a leadoff single for Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce blasted a double deep to center field to bring in Phillips. Todd Frazier followed up Bruce with a double of his own to drive in Bruce and give the Reds a 2-0 lead.

The Reds extended their lead in the fourth, again, courtesy of Jay Bruce. Bruce doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a wild pitch. Frazier helped out his team with a triple to bring in Bruce, and Frazier ended up scoring on the same play after an error by shortstop Josh Harrison. Harrison tried to relay the ball to third in an attempt to get Frazier, but the ball sailed away from Harrison and into the crowd. With a 4-0 lead, the Reds’ middle portion of their lineup looked unstoppable on the night.

The Pirates got one back in the bottom half with three straight singles. Matt Hague, Rod Barajas and pinch hitter Casey McGehee all had hits for the Pirates and brought the score to 4-1.

However, the wheels fell off completely for the Pirates in the next two innings. Between the sixth and seventh innings, the Reds tacked on four more runs to extend their lead and notch the final score at 8-1.
 
Jay Bruce was an absolute monster for the Reds on the evening. Bruce went 3-4 with two doubles, a single, a walk, one RBI and three runs scored. The only extra base hit for the Pirates came off the bat of Andrew McCutchen in the first inning. McCutchen smashed a triple into right field, but the Pirates were unable to score.

“We’ll look forward winning the series tomorrow,” said Hurdle of the game ahead.

On Deck:
The Pirates look to take the series in the rubber match against the Reds on Wednesday. A.J Burnett (3-2, 4.19 ERA) gets the starting nod against Reds’ ace, Johnny Cueto (5-2, 2.53 ERA) with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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